Vincent van Gogh, 1853 - 1890
A Pair of Lovers/ Eglogue en Provence, c. 1888
Oil on canvas
32.5 by 23cm., 12¾ by 9 in.
Painted in March 1888, the month after van Gogh arrived in Arles, the present work is an intimate depiction of two lovers walking along the bank of a river. It once formed the central motif of a larger composition depicting a pair of lovers walking along a canal path towards the Pont de Réginelle, known locally as the Pont Langlois after the man who operated it. More on this painting
Vincent van Gogh (born March 30, 1853, Zundert, Neth.—died July 29, 1890, Auvers-sur-Oise, near Paris, France). Dutch painter, generally considered the greatest after Rembrandt, and one of the greatest of the Post-Impressionists. The striking colour, emphatic brushwork, and contoured forms of his work powerfully influenced the current of Expressionism in modern art. Van Gogh’s art became astoundingly popular after his death, especially in the late 20th century, when his work sold for record-breaking sums at auctions around the world and was featured in blockbuster touring exhibitions. In part because of his extensive published letters, van Gogh has also been mythologized in the popular imagination as the quintessential tortured artist. More on Vincent van Gogh
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